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School yoga tries to avoid religious controversy

12:50 PM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
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The Encinitas Union School District starting in January will offer yoga instruction at all of its nine schools despite a protest by a group of parents who say they are prepared to sue to halt the program.

Opponents say they believe the yoga classes will indoctrinate their children in Eastern religion.

School officials say there will be no chanting, prayer positions or cultural references that would raise concerns.

The question over whether yoga is a religious practice or simply exercise is one that public schools are increasingly facing with its growing popularity as a way to ease student stress.

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